Friday, August 20, 2010

BITE THE DUST - Double Feature

Better late than never, right?

My latest feature, "Witch's Brew" has been kicking my ass, but I finally got a minute to produce a quick Lost Trailer Park. It's nothing too flashy, but here's a little vampire spot I call...



Sleazy vampires, man... film stock turned red will make any bloodstains look stupid and similarly, the title badie looks more like a deranged magician rather than a member of the undead.

One of my favorite trailers of all time is "Frankenstein's Bloody Trailer". "Bite the Dust" is definitely inspired by this. It's hammy, cheap (despite being shot in SUPER 70MM... oy vey) and fun ... and that's what I tried to do with this one.

I tried to imagine "Bite The Dust" as a foreign production so that's why I chose to dub it (besides the fact that my original audio was shitty, too). Just pretend its unfinished footage from a Naschy relative's long lost backyard epic.


This was shot in a day in the basement of my apartment building. We used as the coven house in "Witch's Brew" and since we had it for a few more days, I decided to pull a Roger Corman and use it again for a smaller project.

Everyone in the trailer worked on "Witch's Brew" in some capacity. John Boushell, the track jacket-wearing dope, was my sound guy and Clint Kelly, the sweeper, did some PA work and was a witch extra. Chris Rooney, the vampire, did some PA work for us as well.

I came up with the idea while we were cleaning the basement for the "Witch's Brew" shoot. When we finally got a minute in between days, we made a quick trip to the Dollar Tree, and BOOM! we were into production.

Sweeper... Clint Kelly
Track-Jacket Dope... John Boushell
Vampire... Chris Rooney

Written, directed, and edited by Chris LaMartina
Voice-Over by Andrew Shearer

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